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New Services Help Associations Thwart Unauthorized Short-Term Rentals

The problem of short-term rentals with the help of Airbnb and other similar websites in violation of community association rules has quickly become one of the most pressing issues facing associations today. Even though Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO claim they

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Creating Condo Association Policies for Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rentals, powered by technology companies like Airbnb and VRBO, are shaking up the Condo Association industry. Their easy to use platform is making it such that Owners can easily – and often illegally – rent out their property to

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HOA told to back off on short-term rental restrictions (CA)

The California Coastal Commission has ordered a homeowners association in Oxnard to rescind its recently passed regulation on short-term rentals and warned that the association could face hefty fines.  In an Aug. 26 letter sent to the Mandalay Shores Community

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How your neighbor’s Airbnb rental can affect your property values

Q:  I’ve been scouring the Internet (without success), looking for data regarding whether short-term rentals (STRs, e.g., Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) increase or decrease property values in the areas around them, as well as whether home buyers are more likely to

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Owners battle rental companies for condo board control

A group of residents and owners took back control of their condo building Tuesday night from short-term rental companies they say had stacked the board of directors against them, and were allowing the building to be run like a hotel.

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Vancouver condo owners and renters upset by prolific AirBnb hosts

Airbnb listings in Vancouver condos continue to raise concern among some homeowners and renters.  Vancouver resident Diane Felske was shocked when she sold her one-bedroom Olympic Village apartment this summer, only to find it listed on Airbnb weeks later.  

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Airbnb: Does Your Condo Have a Rule Prohibiting Short-term Leasing?

The controversy continues over hotel-like nightly rentals of residential condominium units through the Airbnb website. This may be the hottest topic in condominium law right now (in addition to the revised Condominium Act, of course)! Every week there appears to

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Is Short-Term Leasing a “Commercial Use”?

In Houston v. Wilson Mesa Ranch Homeowners Association, Inc., the Colorado Court of Appeals held that short-term rentals did not violate a covenant prohibiting commercial use of a unit. However, this ruling did not indicate that all restrictions on short-term

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Limited Residential Lodging (e.g. Airbnb) – Is It Allowed in Your Association? (VA)

What exactly is limited residential lodging? It is, in essence, renting of rooms or entire homes or condo units for short term occupancy i.e. less than 30 days. Airbnb provides a searchable online marketplace that enables homeowners to list for

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Ganim (Mayor) told to stop renting out condo (CT)

Mayor Joe Ganim will have to eliminate “providing tenants fresh sheets and towels” from his list of responsibilities governing Connecticut’s largest city.  Ganim broke the rules when he launched short-term rentals out of his condominium at The Cove, a residential

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Short-term rental operator sues Mondrian South Beach condo association (FL)

A short-term rental operator has filed suit against the condo association at the Mondrian South Beach after it was allegedly blocked from renting out units on behalf of owners. Miami World Rental LLC and Mondrian 1026 LLC filed the lawsuit

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Key West business leaders cited a third time for illegal vacation rental

As reasonable rents continue to disappear in Key West, two leading business owners who often advocate for affordable housing keep getting cited by the city for advertising illegal vacation rentals.  For the third time in 15 months, Chris Belland and

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Oxnard (CA) dispute over short-term rental rules heads to court

New rules approved by an Oxnard Shores homeowners association regulating vacation rentals go into effect Saturday, but they face legal challenges.  A couple who rents out property on Reef Way is suing the Mandalay Shores Community Association for passing regulations

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Company defends right to rent condos on Airbnb

Amidst calls for government regulation of short-term rentals, some condo owners are considering legal options to protect their ability to keep hosting through sites like Airbnb.  H&P Properties helps owners find guests for their home and co-foudner Lisa Marion said

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The Airbnb Phenomenon and What It Means for Your Community Association

If your community association is located in or relatively near an area that is attractive to tourists, it is time for your board to start discussing the Airbnb phenomenon and what it might mean in the coming years. Sites like

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Condo owners call on city to rein in Airbnb

Tensions are rising in the corridors of Toronto’s condo buildings as some owners look to cash in by listing their units on short-term rental sites like Airbnb, while others are calling on the city to step in and stop them.

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Oxnard (CA) seeks input from neighborhood divided over short-term rentals

“I am very much for the city taking the lead in doing this in a fair way versus going through the HOA,” Conrad said.  The Mandalay Shores Community Association, the homeowners association that represents the Oxnard Shores neighborhood, recently approved

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Chicago home associations opposed to Airbnb can get on the list

On June 22, the city of Chicago adopted an ordinance that establishes regulations for condominium and homeowners associations affected by the recent surge in home-sharing and vacation rentals — the so-called Airbnb ordinance.   Read the article……………

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Condo owners lose legal fight with Vancouver (BC) strata corporation over renting their units

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a Vancouver strata corporation bylaw that severely limited the number of condo units that can be rented.  Hycroft Towers at 1445 Marpole Avenue has 158 strata lots, according to the ruling written by

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Harbor condos debate: To rent or not to rent? (KY)

Now, pressure is building at the scenic community – where about 300 people live in 158 units east of the East End Bridge tunnels – to possibly restrict or eliminate rentals, in the wake of complaints about too many rentals

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Condo board sues tenant, alleging vacation rental violations

The board of a South Loop condo building sued a renter, alleging he repeatedly violated building rules by filling the unit with short-term tenants via online vacation-rental services.  Although numerous Chicago condo boards and apartment owners have struggled to stop

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Is Airbnb Destroying Strata Living? (Australia)

In Victoria, the Supreme Court handed down a decision on July 22 declaring that neither subdivision law nor strata legislation enabled owners corporations in that state to make rules which prevent owners of individual apartments from leasing out their apartments

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Las Vegas May Amend Short-Term Rental Zoning Rules

Las Vegas officials may clarify rules for short-term housing rentals that have stalled one condo owner’s application for more than six months.  The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports council members will consider the code amendment this week.    Read the article………….

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Las Vegas (NV) may amend short-term rental zoning rules

Las Vegas officials may clarify rules for short-term housing rentals that have stalled one condo owner’s application for more than six months.  The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports council members will consider the code amendment next week.  A $500 annual license

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East Lansing (MI) in court again over nearly $20K in rental fines (condo rental)

A city code enforcement officer wrote nearly $20,000 in tickets on one day in February to an East Lansing couple for renting their condominium without a license between 2012 and 2015.  The couple Seth and Elizabeth Kelser have challenged the

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New Chicago Ordinance Helps Condo Associations Enforce Short Term Rental Restrictions

On June 22, 2016, the Chicago City Council adopted an ordinance that now requires property owners wishing to rent on a short term basis to apply for and obtain certain licenses. A part of the application involves confirming that the

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Court finds that strata owners in Victoria cannot make rules to prevent the use of an apartment for short-term lettings (BC)

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Victoria has found that planning law, not strata law, is to govern short-term lettings of strata apartments.  Specifically, in Owners Corporation PS 501391P v Balcombe [2016] VSC 384, Justice Riordan found that

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HOA Homefront: Some suggestions on short-term rental woes

Q. We own a house and a rental in a homeowners association. The association directors are proposing to raise the HOA dues on rental units because of certain “administrative” costs associated with rentals.  It seems to me that this is

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Chicago Adopts Home Sharing Ordinance

After heated debate for months in the City Council, Chicago finally adopted its short-term and shared housing rental ordinance on June 22, 2016. The final version of the ordinance affords condominium and homeowners associations protections against the growing number of

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This company finds people renting out Airbnbs without their landlords’ permission

So the Mirador 1000 has for the last few years played a cat-and-mouse game with the people in the building Airbnb’ing their units, trying to figure out which guests coming into the building are paying a per-night fee to be

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Coalition of Toronto hoteliers, condo owners calls for tighter controls of Airbnb and other home-sharing apps

A coalition of hoteliers, their employees, condominium owners and rental housing advocates are coming together to ask for tighter regulation on Airbnb and other home-sharing apps in Toronto.  The coalition, calling itself Fairbnb.ca, came to Toronto City Hall July 7

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Laws change while Virginia sleeps

In January 2016, two bills were introduced into the General Assembly, SB-416 and HB-812, one in the Senate, the other in the House, with one purpose: to open the Commonwealth of Virginia to the expansion of Airbnb and other short-term

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NY: Are More Than Half of the City’s Sublets Illegal?

Last week we reported on new tech tools that help keep illegal subletters out of your co-op or condo. Today we tell you why: A new report issued by Share Better claims that more than 28,000 Airbnb listings – slightly

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Community slams Airbnb house listing (NY)

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood with members of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association last Friday to call on Airbnb to remove a listing for a single-family home that says the house can accommodate 13 people.   Read the article………….

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Thailand: Crackdown on condo owners confirmed (renting daily)

Condominium owners in Phuket caught renting out their units on a daily basis face fines and jail time if they do not register their properties as hotels.  Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat reaffirmed today a renewed crackdown on owners of

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Short-term rentals become top concern for condo owners, residents (FL)

The view of sun-kissed tourists hanging pool-side on a gorgeous South Florida day isn’t out of place – except that scene isn’t only playing out in hotels, but condos.  Some of those condos that are attracting short-term renters have bylaws

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‘I don’t want my home to be used as a hotel’: Anaheim condo becomes tourist lodging without owner’s permission

What the listing doesn’t say is that the property owner is not “Marc,” but Kathy Marchetti, and that Marchetti had no idea her property was being used as a by-the-night rental to tourists from as far away as Victoria, Australia,

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County commissioners approve addendum to Glacier Lily Estates covenant amendment for rentals (CO)

An amendment to the Glacier Lily Estate’s Declaration of Protective Covenants restricting the operation of short-term rentals ruffled some feathers when it came across the desks of the county commissioners earlier this year, but it now seems concessions have been

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Dealing With Short Term Rentals

The rise of short-term lease websites (AirBnB, VRBO) has caused significant concern among condominium and homeowner associations. Repeated, short-term rentals may cause parking issues, noise, and other nuisances which disturb community residents. What can an association do to restrict these

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A look at Chicago’s proposal to regulate short-term rentals

Chicago aldermen are expected to discuss a reconfigured plan to regulate short-term rentals through companies like Airbnb, as several other big cities have done. The City Council could vote on the proposal Wednesday.  Here are the highlights:   Read the article…………

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Napa joins homeowner group, blocks in-home hosting permit (CA)

A Napa couple took advantage of a new city law in hopes of putting up vacationers inside their home. But homeowner association rules governing their house have stepped in their way – as have city planners.    Read the article…………

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As More Condo Owners Suffer, Mayor’s Office Threatens to Cut Off Talks With AirBnB (IL)

A top mayoral aide threatened Thursday to cut off negotiations with Airbnb and push through a stricter version of the home-sharing ordinance proposed by a pair of aldermen after a trade group bankrolled by internet companies launched a “seven-figure” advertising

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Flat Chat: Short let laws will make strata life a new hell

While NSW pollies are still wrestling with what to do about online short-term letting agencies such as Airbnb, which are cool and groovy – until your apartment block turns into holiday hotel hell – Victoria is about to give them

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Quebec City is getting a new condo that not only allows Airbnb, but encourages it

Quebec-based real estate developer Groupe Bolduc has announced the development of the first condo project in Canada to specifically allow short term rentals like Airbnb. Most condos in the nation do not permit short term rentals.   Read the article………….

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Minnetonka lawsuit shows struggle for homeowners associations in Airbnb era (MN)

From Burnsville to Duluth, cities across Minnesota are grappling with the regulation of short-term rentals — an issue pitting homeowners associations against condo and townhouse residents who get the benefit of mowed lawns but also must deal with restrictions on

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Allegan County Trial Court Rules That Short-term Vacation Rentals Violate Deed Restrictions (MI)

As mentioned in our previous blog article, technological advancements have increased the ability of individuals to do short-term leasing, as opposed to the traditional long term, six month or greater, leasing arrangement, in particular looking at the new phenomenon of

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Vancouver (BC) couple suing strata after being fined under “Airbnb rule”

A Vancouver couple slapped with fines by their strata for advertising their downtown condo on a short term rental site are fighting back in court.  Nicole and Christopher Moore have filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court asking a judge

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5 Airbnb Condo Management Tips To Avoid Conflicts

Airbnb condo rentals offer a good secondary income for owners, but not all residents are on board. Here are some condo management tips for handling the conflict.    Read the article……………

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The Rise of Airbnb: What Condo Associations Need To Know About Short Term Rentals

Instances of home-sharing have skyrocketed recently due to the rise of websites such as Airbnb.com. For a small fee, these websites connect homeowners with people who want to find a place to stay for one night at a time. Homeowners

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Chicago condo associations back Airbnb rules, but don’t leave enforcement to City Hall

Condominium associations are generally favorably disposed toward regulations, like those being proposed in Chicago, that would require condo owners renting their units through online “sharing” services like Airbnb to register with the city or pay a licensing fee – even

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